Here are some tips on how to be eco-wise when travelling in New Zealand.

Always use a toilet 

  • ALWAYS use your onboard toilet or public toilets

    DON'T go to the toilet in the bushes or on the side of the road - going to the toilet in nature is NOT OK

Don't litter

  • Always put all your rubbish in the bin provided. If the bin is full, please take your rubbish away with you when you leave

Reuse and recycle

  • Reuse plastic bags or try not to use them at all

  • Recycle paper, glass, plastic and cans

  • Ask your local i-SITE for the nearest recycling station

  • Reuse water bottles

Dispose of toilet waste sensibly


When enjoying our waterways, please be sure to keep them free of rubbish, spills and introduced species, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

  • Freshwater pests that cause damage to our lakes and rivers can be spread by your activities in and around waterways. If you're moving between waterways, you must clean all your gear using the 'Check, Clean, Dry' method. Find out more.

  • Help conserve water, especially in the summer months when some New Zealand towns and cities experience water shortages.

  • Bathing (i.e. with soap or shampoo), washing dishes or clothes in our lakes, streams and other waters is not acceptable 


Using less energy helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in our air. This is because fewer fossil fuels are being burnt to produce electricity. You can help by:

  • switching off your electrical equipment when not in use

  • asking tourism operators about their environmentally friendly practices 


Around 20% of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions come from transport. You can help reduce this and save fuel by:

  • switching off your engine when parked

  • hiring or buying a fuel-efficient vehicle

  • offsetting your emissions by buying individual carbon credits

  • walking and cycling instead of driving

  • using public transport


Check out the Planning and On The Road pages on this website to help you camp responsibly and have a fantastic New Zealand holiday. 


(Thanks to the Ministry for the Environment for some of these eco-wise tips.)